As some of you might have already noticed, something changed about YuriReviews. It’s not the content, nor is it the look. It’s something very simple, yet something that means a lot to us.
So what happened is, we moved. You probably didn’t even notice, since you can still find us the way you usually would. Well, the change is not that big anyway, but now, we’re happy to announce that we have our own domain “YuriReviews.com”. No blogspot added anymore, simply YuriReviews.
|Yeah, I like that~|
We’re really happy about this little change. You might not think about this too deeply, but as Rock The Vogt once said, “It’s like moving into another home”, and it’s a better one. One that only belongs to us, which is amazing. Though, the road that brought us there wasn’t that easy.
Since some of you already know, let’s just say that we ran into some trouble with a visitor some weeks ago. To put it lightly, he was hard to deal with, and he ended up spamming some posts of ours with walls of text stating how much we and our blog suck. We ended up deleting these posts, but he seemingly went ahead and reported YuriReviews.
Shortly after that, the blog was marked as something along the lines of untrustworthy, and a notification appeared once you tried to enter the blog saying “Some people reported this blog for having unsuited content” or something like this. As you can imagine, our traffic went down the drain, and we ended up only getting like ¼ of our usual daily traffic, which sucked big time.
Well, I guess we’re not blogging to get famous or anything stupid like this. I mean, that’s pretty much impossible anyway, considering the fact that we’re doing this in this little niche that is yuri blogging. However, at least I can say that I am somewhat competitive. I want to get better, and I just love seeing the blog grow. It motivates me to see that our traffic was growing, so this was a huge setback.
Well, we were able to replace that notification with another notification that basically marks our blog as NSFW, which it probably is anyway, but since all adult posts are marked as such, I don’t really see the problem with it.
Anyway, moving to our own domain might only be the first step, and if we can’t find a way to get back to where we were before we got reported, we might as well move from Blogger to another blogging service. Though, don’t worry, since we have our own domain now, you can pretty much find us at Yurireviews.com at all time, no matter what blogging service we’ll decide on.
As the last change, we implemented a donation button. I know what you might be thinking, but let me explain. We ended up actually buying this domain, which will lead to future costs as well. Also, depending on what blogging service we’ll possible decide on in the future, there might be some monthly costs involved too.
When I started blogging back in 2013, and as weird as this might sound, I dreamt about being able to generate enough money to be able to buy a new manga each month with the money I make. Of course, it’s not that easy, but that was my little wish. Well, I didn’t create a blog to be able to buy new manga, but I thought that if I could somehow make some bucks with the thing I like doing anyway, that would be amazing.
As you guys know, we haven’t made much so far, and basically all the money we made, we ended up using to make our little giveaway in December possible. So right now, since we actually had to spend some money, we decided to just go for a donation button. You’re free to judge us (mostly me) for putting up something like this, but I think it’s a better solution for our readers, as well as Rock and I, than the advertisement we put up so far.
Though, feel free to tell us your thoughts about this as well. Since I’m still unsure about this, I’d like to hear what you guys think. Also, as stated in my post about implementing an advertisement some time ago, we will not put up anything that our readers don’t like, so feel free to leave us your thoughts.
Lastly, I have two more things to say. First of all, we want to thank all of you guys for your great support so far, and especially during the past few weeks. We received a lot of nice and encouraging words from so many of you. I’d especially like to thank our great neighbor OG for his constant support and advice. Thank you, it was highly appreciated as you already know.
|So again, thank you. *bows*|
And finally, even though I don’t know how many of you actually made it so far, I’d like to ask you guys for help. After returning from Japan, I yet again have a whole lot of new yuri doujinshi lying around in my room. I already scanned some of them, and I’d like to work on them. However, even though we can do most of it on our own, we’re missing someone who could translate them. Our usual translator, Mai-tan, is really busy right now, so we’re looking for someone who could help us out a little until Mai is ready to go again. (@Mai: Don’t you dare apologize for being busy by the way! :P)
So if you have some free time and want to help out, feel free to write us up. We’re currently looking for Japanese and Chinese translators.